The Master of Design equips students from a range of professional backgrounds to understand and harness the power of design to shape social, community and organisational futures. Delivered by experienced studio leaders who are acknowledged leaders in their specific industries and professions, the Master of Design prepares students to tackle real-world projects through an intellectually rigorous, research-led and industry-engaged program. Students learn exciting new concepts and collaborative methodologies that deepen their understanding of social systems and people-based interactions, to enhance the ambition and impact of their work. The Master of Design is enhanced by its association with the work of the Design Innovation Research Centre, the only Social Design agency embedded within an Australian University, enabling students to test and extend their skills in a practice setting. This program is for those seeking to expand their design skills by acquiring expertise in social and service design, or who want to become a design leader who can plan and steer change, .
Graduates of this course are leaders in design and related industries through their expertise in social and service design development and transition design. They are able to utilise strategic processes, creative tools and research skills for innovative, ambitious and socially just design solutions. The program provides entry points for those with an undergraduate degree in design, who study a core in design leadership and a major in either service design or design leadership, or those with an undergraduate degree in another field, who also study design practice fundamentals. Common subjects encompass basic and advanced design research methodologies, design prototyping, inclusive and co design, social innovation, and design translation and communication. Through these subjects, students learn how to apply new design approaches and mind-sets. In the Service Design major, students learn fundamental concepts and methods of service design and apply these in designing and implementing complex end-to-end services. In the Design Leadership major, students learn high level strategic design thinking and transition design. They become expert facilitators and navigators of change processes, exercising social sensitivity and cultural intelligence. Where appropriate, prior learning is recognised. Students graduate with a double major, completing one or both of the Service Design and Design Leadership specialisations. Students also have the option of completing four subjects in a broad range of electives in fields such as interaction design, business and transdisciplinary innovation.
Graduates' careers are enhanced by higher-level design knowledge and expertise, with specialised knowledge in social and service design or design leadership.